Last week of classes in the second edition of the Winter School

By the end of the week, the second edition of the International Political Sociology (IPS) Winter School will come to its end. These days were marked by marvelous discussions and lectures that certainly not only made us think critically about the International Relations area of study and reach satisfactory conclusions but also allowed us to get along with each other and create a dynamic and joyful academic environment. Below, you will find a few moments from our productive meetings.

It has been a pleasure to have you all here with us and we hope to see you next year!

1st week Roundtable: The limits of critique: resistance and contestation in world politics today
2nd week Roundtable: Fracturing IR: Re-reading the lineages of IPS
1st week Writing and Publishing Tutorial
2nd week Writing and Publishing Tutorial

2016 IPS Winter School

The 2016 IPS Winter School was opened yesterday with the beginning of the courses and the welcome words from professors João P. NogueiraMarta Fernández and R. B. J. Walker. We remind you that our first public event – Roundtable “The limits of critique: resistance and contestation in world politics today” –  will be held on June 30th, from 4:15 p.m. to 6:00p.m., at B6 Auditorium (PUC-Rio – Frings Building, 6th floor).

Initial details of the 2016 IPS Winter School GENERAL COURSES!

Initial details of the 2016 IPS Winter School GENERAL COURSES are now available!

One general course will be offered each week, between 10:00 and 12:00am, from Monday to Friday. Both courses are compulsory for students.

First Week: June 27 – July 01, 2016


RBJ Walker, Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Victoria, Canada, and in the IRI/PUC-RIO, will share his thinking on the relation between “Critical Theories and International Political Sociology”.

Critical Theories and International Political Sociology

International Relations and the challenge of interdisciplinarity. Sociology, politics and international as contested objects. Science and critical in the production of knowledge in International Relations. For an International Political Sociology: privilege, eurocentrism and hegemony as research topics.

Click here for Walker’s profile.
Second Week: July 04 – July 08, 2016

Jef Huysmans, Chair in Security Studies in the Department of Politics and International Studies of The Open University and director at the Centre for Citizenship Identities and Governance will consider how critical Methodologies and International Political Sociology can benefit from each other.

Fracturing Methods

Methods have increasingly been placed at the heart of theoretical and empirical research in International Relations. This course explores what is at stake in foregrounding ‘method’ in the production and validation of knowledge and how International Political Sociology as a practice of fracturing IR can be methodologically enacted. First the course will introduce what it means to take methods as practices rather than fixed sets of instructions. In doing so, it questions the conception of methods as mere techniques of extracting and organising empirical material and introduces the social and political life of methods. The course then moves onto the methodological fracturing of IR by means of four conceptual devices. Each implies particular modes of assembling knowledge and texts that fracture international relations and thus acts as a methodological vehicle for doing International Political Sociology.

The course consists of five sessions:

– The social and political life of methods
– The everyday: fracturing global politics
– Media: fracturing global governance
– Motion: fracturing community
– Disputes: fracturing surveillance

Each session will start with an introductory lecture followed by a conversation on implications for research practice.

Click here for Huysmans’s profile.
Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest speakers and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on

Applications are now open!

We are pleased to announce that applications for the 2016 IPS Winter School are now open. Places are limited to 35 participants per week and will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Prospective participants should be post-graduate students and/or early career academics. Deadline for application is Monday, 6 June 2016. Candidates may choose to apply for:

• Option 1: first week (June 27 – July 01, 2016)
• Option 2: second week (July 04– July 08, 2016)

• Option 3: both weeks

Click here to see the 2016 IPS Schedule

Prospective participants should fill in the Application Form (download here) and email it, along with supporting documents, to by Monday, 06 June 2016.

Applicants that fulfill the eligibility criteria will be contacted with payment information.

A reduced fee is available for registration paid in full by Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

Fees are (Brazilian Reais):

• One week: R$ 1.300,00 / R$ 1.000,00 Reduced fee

• Two weeks: R$ 1.950,00 / R$ 1.500,00 Reduced fee

Please, click here for more information about application, fees, guest professors, and planned activities. For help with application and other enquiries, contact us on